Ray Leatherwood

Ray Leatherwood (April 24, 1914 – January 29, 1996) was an American jazz double-bassist and session musician.

Leatherwood's career began in territory bands around Texas, including the Mustang Band. Late in the 1930s he worked with Joe Venuti, and in the following decade played in Bob Chester's and Tommy Dorsey's bands. During World War II he played in military bands in California, then played with Les Brown from 1947 into the next decade.

He worked extensively as a freelance studio musician in the 1950s and 1960s, primarily in jazz and pop music. He appeared on record with Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Julie London (including on the hit song "Cry Me a River"), and Sonny James. Late in his life he played with Dick Cary's Tuesday Night Friends. He appeared on over 120 recordings in the genre of jazz alone.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 24, 1914, Died January 29, 1996

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1953

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass

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Recordings (Results 26-50 of 133 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-050809 10-in. 5/17/1940 Maybe Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-050810 10-in. 5/17/1940 Orchids for remembrance Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-050811 10-in. 5/17/1940 Pushin' the conversation along Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill ; Al Stuart Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-051843 10-in. 7/11/1940 Rhumboogie Bob Chester Orchestra ; Al Stuart Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-051844 10-in. 7/11/1940 Li'l Boy Love Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-051845 10-in. 7/11/1940 Now I lay me down to dream Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-051846 10-in. 7/11/1940 Rhythm on the river Bob Chester Orchestra ; Al Stuart Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-054669 10-in. 8/1/1940 One look at you Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-054670 10-in. 8/1/1940 Practice makes perfect Bob Chester Orchestra ; Al Stuart Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-054671 10-in. 8/1/1940 Don't let it get you down Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-054672 10-in. 8/1/1940 Off the record Bob Chester Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-055511 10-in. 8/14/1940 A song of Old Hawaii Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-055512 10-in. 8/14/1940 There shall be no night Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-055513 10-in. 8/14/1940 We three (My echo, my shadow and me) Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-055514 10-in. 8/14/1940 Take care (of you for me) Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-056162 10-in. 9/24/1940 Flinging a whing-ding Bob Chester Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-056163 10-in. 9/24/1940 Buzz buzz buzz (lookin' for my honey) Bob Chester Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-056164 10-in. 9/24/1940 You're breaking my heart all over again Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-056165 10-in. 9/24/1940 When I leave the world behind Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-056166 10-in. 9/24/1940 May I never love again Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-056167 10-in. 9/24/1940 Arise my love Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-057012 10-in. 10/21/1940 Old, old castle in Scotland Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-057013 10-in. 10/21/1940 Talkin' to my heart Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-057014 10-in. 10/21/1940 Who am I Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-057015 10-in. 10/21/1940 I'm in a lovable mood tonight Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 26-50 of 133 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Leatherwood, Ray," accessed December 3, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112091.

Leatherwood, Ray. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 3, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112091.

"Leatherwood, Ray." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 3 December 2022.

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